Troubled goldfish gets its own customised wheelchair, and Trump takes on Snoop Dogg
- 15 March 2017
A fish finding trouble keeping its balance in the water gets a helping hand, the US president hits out at Snoop Doog for a music video showing his mock execution, and Malaysians are weary over a possible Beauty and the Beast ban.
Fish on "wheels"
A struggling goldfish may have been granted an easier ride through life, thanks to a customised wheelchair.
The fish reportedly suffers from swim bladder disorder, which makes it difficult to control its buoyancy in the water.
As a result, the goldfish floats near the surface of a tank, flips over or leans to one side.
Taylor Nicole Dean, who lives in Texas, shared the goldfish's journey on Twitter, after her friend Derek designed the chair.
Taylor, who has a wide-ranging collection of pets, "from marine life like lionfish, seahorses, and cowfish to lizards, frogs, spiders, hedgehogs and more", shares stories on YouTube about their lengthy nightly feeding routines.
Days before an update on the new "more comfortable" wheelchair, Taylor posted a screen grab of a phone conversation with Derek, who told her: "A customer brought in a goldfish with a permanent bladder disorder so I made him a custom wheelchair and he loves it.
"Wasn't able to hold himself upright and was stuck on the bottom. Not any more!"
Some have already reached out for Derek's expertise. One writer tweeted at Taylor: "Help! My fish has the same issue! Upside down for a month and I have to hand feed. Can he pm me?"
Others shared their own experiences. One person said she hasn't given up on her fish who has a swim bladder problem.
"I keep the water level low enough so that he can swim up to the surface just enough for air and food. He's just the happiest little guy whenever I go up to his tank. So glad to see other people caring about fish instead of saying 'it's just a fish'".
So how did Derek create his invention?
He told BuzzFeed News: "I got some airline tubing that people usually use in their tank and just placed it around the goldfish.
"I added some valves to the bottom of it, which acted as a 'chair' to prop him up.
I added weights to the bottom of the 'chair' and something to keep him afloat on top (styrofoam), and slowly removed pieces until I achieved just the right buoyancy to make it easy for him to swim around without feeling like he's dragging around a chair."
Jonathan, who lives in Kentucky, told Taylor that these efforts are "teaching people that all animals... deserve love and support to live a normal life."
In response to growing social media demands, the goldfish will be making a cameo appearance this Sunday in a video where Taylor and her friend will be giving a fish wheelchair-making tutorial.
Trump v. Snoop
US President Donald Trump has lashed out at Snoop Dogg for a music video showing his mock execution.
Over the weekend, the rapper released a politically-charged music-video, a remix of BADBADNOTGOOD's single Lavender, in which he fires a fake "clown gun" in Trump's direction. He then dances around while a clown-faced President is tied up in chains.
Mr Trump responded to the video by saying that this would not have been acceptable had former president Barack Obama been the target.
Some joked that it was a prank and one said that issue taken with the video should be the very depiction of hate and violence against someone, and not who it's directed at.
Another told the US president not to take the video too personally.
But some said that the president was in the right to react.
Becky Lopez tweeted: "Making fun or pretending to kill him? Trump has every right to be upset."
And US Senator Marco Rubio also warned that Snoop Dogg shouldn't have done what he did in the music video.
He told TMZ: "We've had presidents assassinated before in this country, so anything like that is something people should really careful about...If the wrong person sees that and gets the wrong idea, you could have a real problem."
Malaysians wary over possible Beauty and the Beast ban
Malaysians have taken to social media to air their opinions following reports that the highly-anticipated Beauty and the Beast film may be pulled after authorities there objected to a gay scene in the film.
The issue has generated over 200,000 tweets in the last three days amid uncertainty over whether the film would be screened in the country where homosexual activity is illegal.
Early on Wednesday, Disney said that the film "has not been and will not be cut" for Malaysia by removing the scene from the movie. It had been due to open there on Thursday.
Many of the most popular tweets are questioning the logic of banning a gay scene from the movie but allowing local films which have "no moral values [and are] just full of brainless jokes".
"This is not Fifty Shades Darker for goodness sake," one user groaned.
However, others have pleaded for understanding.
"Don't jump to conclusions. How do you know the main reason Beauty & The Beast was banned wasn't because of the relationship between a girl and an animal," asked one user, tongue quite firmly in cheek.
One human rights activist, Lena Hendry, who was charged in February with violating the film censorship act for screening a documentary about the killing of the Tamils in Sri Lanka, also weighed in on the matter.
"Who decides what is right and wrong? Isn't our society capable of thinking for themselves when they watch a movie? Censorship brings more harm to the intelligence capability of our society than good," she said on Facebook.
On Tuesday, the Malaysian minister of tourism and culture said that a government ban on the movie would only serve to encourage Malaysians to illegally download the film online.
By the UGC and Social News team; Additional reporting by Tse Yin Lee from BBC Monitoring